United last went five matches without a victory in the 2015-16 season under van Gaal, and the last time they failed to win for five straight home games was in 1989-90. Undoubtedly, that is a trend that needs to stop.
"And if you want something more, in pre-season I also said that this season was going to be very hard".
"I think it's a ridiculous talk because the players, they do not play for the manager", Mourinho said.
"The team is working so hard, they know what they have to do, but it's a pity". It's the first time the Tyneside outfit have taken the lead in a match all season.
"I think opponents with much more potential than us finished behind us", he said.
Mourinho reacted quickly and replaced Eric Bailly with Mata after just 18 minutes but the momentum was well and truly with Newcastle.
A United fan was seen holding a sign that said 'STILL UNITED WITH JOSE!' at the start of the contest, and midway through the first half a section of Red Devils supporters sang "Jose's right, the board are s****".
"When you play against a very good team, it's not easy because [with] every substitution they were better and better".
Mata, though, pulled a goal back when he curled in a free kick in the 70th and, five minutes later, Anthony Martial cut inside after swapping passes with Paul Pogba to equalize with a venomous low shot. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything, and of course they gave everything.
"We needed to try to be more intense, to create a bit more and that's what we did".
Benitez's campaign got off to a bad start, with his transfer wish list ignored and only 25.8 million euros invested, his team have had mediocre results.
The 26-year-old Muto moved to Newcastle from Mainz in the German Bundesliga on a four-year deal over the summer and made his Premier League debut in August.
Mourinho, in the technical area from the off, appeared reasonably relaxed as the game got under way and gave some claps of encouragement to his players.